1999 Toyota Estima Lucida 2.2 from UK and Ireland


I will miss driving it, but I can't afford to fix it any more


Head went. I replaced it and the radiator also. Then the turbo went and I had run out of money, so I couldn't fix it.

General Comments:

Good car all round. No one has them for scrap, so all the parts have to be bought new, so I can't afford to keep it any more. Can anyone tell me, is the turbo under the head, or is it easy to get at?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2015

1st Feb 2015, 04:56

I can't offer any technical advice on these, but I know there's quite a few in New Zealand that were imported used from Japan like yours may have been. You could try contacting auto dismantlers/breakers there to see if they can send you the parts you need; even with postage it would probably be cheaper than buying new.

Try http://yellow.co.nz/new-zealand/auto-wreckers?what=auto+Wreckers&where=New+Zealand

1992 Toyota Estima Lucida X 2.4 turbo diesel from Philippines




There are some leaks under the engine (?), but it's only minimal.

And the rear and front shocks are already not working, but it still can be used...

General Comments:

I acquired the car only this January.

The performance is great, and it's great for a family used.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2014

28th Oct 2017, 09:56

Have a 95 Estima petrol auto. Drove Auckland to Rotorua no issue, returned an hour later and got as far as Huntly or 50 minutes south of Auckland and the van started to slow down by itself, then cut out. Couldn't restart.

Had driven for approximately 400km before this happened. Fuel pump? Help anyone.

1996 Toyota Estima Lucida MPV 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A very smooth car; comfy, powerful, but has a bad cylinder head problem


One of the two radiators blew; cost £120.00.

The bus got to 63,000 miles; head gasket gone, kit cost £200.

Also head cracked in between the valves on the face, so new head needed. Looking for one now; Toyota dealer wants £1200+vat so will have to find a cheaper one online.

Have worn a hole in the drivers seat on the edge where I slide in.

General Comments:

I paid £5000 pounds for my family bus. It carries 6 people around most of the time.

I drive it quite hard; it never used hardly any oil and the coolant level never moved either; never over heated.

Then at 63000 miles the water level started dropping.

Then she had so much smoke/steam coming out the back I couldn't see behind me.

It still wasn't over heating, bless it.

Problems or no problems, I love this family carrier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2010

21st Sep 2010, 05:53

The very same thing happened to me. My 1997 Lucida cracked across the valve seats. I changed the radiator, bought a bigger core in copper instead of the original alloy one and put in Toyota red coolant. I fitted a new temperature gauge and fitted the probe straight into the head because the original gauge never went into the red, or nowhere near it.

I hope this will be of some help.

25th Oct 2012, 20:42

Sir, do you still have your Lucida? Have you had any bad problems encountered in two years? I am planning to purchase one. Need some comments from present owners.

1st Jul 2015, 17:25

We love it. Me, the wife & 3 dogs. You can convert it into a van in about 5 minutes. Takes no end of small items & garden rubbish to the tip. The middle row x2 seats are captains seats that swivel through 180 degrees to face the rear. Ours is 1992 "G" version, so bear in mind, if you buy one, don't get precious with it, expect things not to work properly i.e. the electric curtains. The A/C works, just. It is a good "workhorse", handles well, but is not quick. It's an advantage when doing 50/60 mph; nobody expects you to go faster. She's an old gal & deserves a bit of respect.

It's off the road at the moment having the turbo fixed. We ummed & rrred, but decided to risk it & have it fixed. When we bought it, we agreed that we would enjoy it & scrap it, & not chuck good money at it. So fingers crossed.